Osborne in Tokyo Playing on the Trains

George Osborne wants the private sector to build a Japanese-style 360mph “maglev” railway. “There are plenty of links I can think of – a link between Liverpool and Manchester, or Glasgow and Edinburgh, or London and its airports – which would bring huge benefits to Britain.” He plans to make it viable by taxing all other forms of transport to the point of bankruptcy.

George is in Japan and will ride the magnetic levitation train tomorrow. Not the first time he will have got high on a long line methinks.

Hat-tip : Kinnerly [sort of]

Greenwich Watch

It is getting a bit murky ain’t it? Like Vegas in the early days, crooks and crooked politicians always seem to meet in casinos…

Eh? Guardian Nice About Guido?Says Co-Conspirators Are "Influential Elite"

Roy Greenslade has a long delayed Guardian piece today. He describes Guido’s co-conspirator readers thus:
“What counts is the fact that his regular audience is drawn almost entirely from a small, but influential, elite.”

Guido is:

“the bastard lovechild of (former Sun editor) Kelvin MacKenzie and (rock gossip website) Popbitch”.

Pop!

Sour Grapefruit for Breakfast

The Tory Candidates Association is hosting a not very inclusive Female Candidates Breakfast at the party conference. It will be held on Monday 2nd, October at the Highcliffe Hotel, Bournemouth, from 7.30am – 9.30am.

Some members of the Candidates Association feel that having paid their dues it is a little bit irritating to be excluded so they have organised a rival event:

Headline Hints of Hangovers

Sharper readers of the dead-tree-press will realise that headlines like Kennedy ‘must recover’ before return” and “Sir Menzies Campbell made clear that he would be welcome but only once he is ‘fully recovered’ “ don’t make sense if he is now sober.


The press is being kind and nobody is openly saying that Charlie is not a full-time passenger on the wagon. Far be it from Guido to claim any high moral ground here, in fact the prospect of finishing a bottle of Port with Charlie after lunch sounds like a fun Friday afternoon, but nobody is suggesting Guido is a potential PM-in-waiting.


To be fair, when asked on television recently when it was he last had a drink Kennedy avoided answering the question. Guido knows that he has been the worse for wear as recently as June. A trusted co-conspirator was surprised to see Kennedy coming in the office door in Portcullis House in late June, when he appeared to be the worse for drink and confused about which door led to his office. This was at four in the afternoon.

FSA Meeting Today September 28th

Guido understands that the FSA’s Directors meet today September 28th, Unity Trust Bank is low on the agenda. Off the record briefing line from the FSA is “everything is fine, don’t believe what you read on the internet.”

FSA chairman Sir Callum McCarthy is no fool and is politically attuned having worked for both Roy Hattersly and Norman Tebbit in his time. He even proudly displays in his office a large picture of him and Blair grinning at each other. Nevertheless he will no doubt make sure somebody checks the numbers…

Previous stories.

Ben Back Blogging

Ben Brogan, the Daily Mail political editor is new to blogging and the Press Gazette has noticed [Gone fishin’? Certainly not gone bloggin’]
Ben Brogan, political editor of the Daily Mail, hasn’t quite got the hang of the latest craze at Westminster for setting up your own blog.

The best political bloggers — such as wannabe Tory MP Iain Dale and the mischievous Guido Fawkes — have updated their sites daily, even hourly, throughout the summer.

But Brogan is now finally back blogging after a month-long hiatus after last posting on 26 July. Curiously, he chose his last entry before his long break to write about MPs’ lengthy 76-day holiday in a piece entitled Gone Fishin’.

Perhaps Brogan should take a leaf out of Sky News political editor Adam Boulton’s book. He takes his blog so seriously that he was even updating it from his paradise island honeymoon with Tony Blair’s exgatekeeper Anji Hunter.

Harder than you thought Ben? When you leave the blog it dies, that is why you have no traffic or comments…

Bloggers like Iain and Greenwhich.watch have scored a bullseye during silly season with the ongoing AEG/Dome/Prescott sleaze. Iain recently rather sniffily remarked to Guido “I see you are so short of gossip you have resorted to doing politics…”

Sir Alfred Sherman R.I.P.

A young Guido was a friend of Gideon Sherman, as a result Guido would often be around the Sherman house. His father Sir Alfred always rendered Guido tongue-tied, he was right on so many issues and spectacularly wrong on others. He was great fun to hear when he was going full throttle.

After doing an economic analysis of British Rail Sherman concluded that the best thing to do would be to tarmac over the railways and turn them into private autobahns. Mrs Thatcher found it a teensy bit too radical. Unacceptable politically, but practical and right because it would have saved billions in subsidies. Guido has never understood how heavy energy inefficient heavy trains are more green than modern buses.

A Soiled Story

Wonder if Hurst’s biography of Charlie Kennedy now being serialised in the Times will tell the tale of the time Charlie was discovered passed out one morning in his office. This was not a rare event, but on this particular

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Cherie’s Very Much Unwanted Cast-Offs

News reached Guido that Cherie’s unwanted cast-off outfit failed to attract any bids on ebay despite the signed photo thrown in. Remarking to Mrs Fawkes that she might have been a buyer (it being dark lawyers clothing) she responded aggressively:

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Levy is in London

A Guido co-conspirator emails to tell that on Wednesday he passed Lord Levy in London near King’s Cross on his way to his fire damaged Marylebone Street office saying into his mobile “I know! When I saw it, I said

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Cowboy’s Son Cause Problems for Geronimo

Geronimo specialises in working for public sector clients. Our knowledge and understanding of this sector is current, sophisticated and undiluted. We appreciate that the sector must display openness, transparency, accountability and evaluation, and we ensure we work in this way.

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